The reunion with a beloved pet means the world to people uprooted when disaster strikes. A Toms River New Jersey woman who was forced into a shelter because of Superstorm Sandy was reunited with her lost cat thanks to local police. The unnamed woman was overcome with emotion when officers brought the cat to its family at the shelter. Reports credit the SPCA, though we don’t know if they mean the NJSPCA or the ASPCA for locating the cat.
“Is that my cat? No. Oh my God,” the woman said as Toms River police presented the cat. “Thank you guys so much!” The woman’s daughter said their family is now all together.
This WABC clip includes the footage seen above in a report on Toms River that gives more context on the situation there. Residents who did not evacuate before the devastating storm found themselves under martial law, required to stay on their own property, though some ignored the directive in order to band together against potential looters.